The MSU School of Art International Artist in Residence (iAIR) for 2011, Pitiwat Somthai, completed his work in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery on Friday October 21, 2011. The artwork, “Bringing a mountain into a gallery”, culminated in a one-night only installation of work that Mr. Somthai created whilst in Bozeman.
Throughout the duration of his residency, the artist was inspired by the mountains surrounding Bozeman. His work looked at the geometry of the landscape and utilized native grass to articulate the region in color and texture. The task of weaving was aided by the students and faculty of the School of Art, as well as, Bozeman community members. Mr. Somthai set up working areas in the gallery to weave the mats and invited the public to assist the tremendous task of bringing a mountain into a gallery.
The exhibition finished with a dispersing event – where the artist invites the gallery audience to take part in disassembling the installation and taking pieces away with them.
Professor Somthai teaches printmaking and graphic arts at Burapha University’s Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts in Thailand. Utilizing a wide breadth of mediums; sculpture, installation, painting, printmaking, video, and performance; his work focuses on the philosophy and the search for monitoring the emotions that arise from the impacts on daily life.
The iAIR program at the School of Art is supported in part by the Beluah Glaze Waller Endowment.